Top 5 Tuesday is a meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm and this week’s one was too good to pass up on! I keep meaning to do them, but I keep forgetting. Shame one me, because I missed out on some great topics!
So, what books would I like for Christmas (but I will probably end up buying myself in the New Year)?
1. The Lost Words (Robert Macfarlane & Jackie Morris)
I have seen this a few times and it is such a gorgeously illustrated book. I love the natural world and there is no way that my daughter does not know those words lke the synopsis suggests. She loves dandelions and acorns and otters. 🙂 Still I want this book so much!
2. Foxes Unearthed: A Story of Love and Loathing in Modern Britain (Lucy Jones)
When I used to live near Wimbledon I used to go for early morning walks to photograph the local fox population in my neighbouring nature park. I fell in love with them. They are such wonderful creatures. And yet, when we were guests at a friend’s farm a few years ago they were organising a fox hunt (yes, the one on horses with a pack of hounds). Farmers really do not like foxes. Always depicted as being sly and shrewd, yet the foxes I have known have all been curious beautiful animals. Anyway, reason enough to really want to read this book!
3. Heartstone (Elle Katherine White)
A historical fantasy retelling of Pride and Prejudice? Yes please! I saw this on a Booktube channel somewhere and just knew I had to have it. I am sure I will be ordering this one soon!
4. Wintersong (S Jae-Jones)
I have seen a few really positive reviews of this book recently, and combined with the gorgeous cover and beautiful title, it is enough to make me want to read it. I do have to say that every time I hear the Goblin King mentioned I cannot help but think of David Bowie in Labyrinth, that mental 1980s fantasy movie.
5. The Phantom Atlas (Edward Brooke-Hitching)
Subtitled ‘The Greatest Myths, Lies and Blunders on Maps’, I love the sound of this book. I love maps and the idea of mapmaking in the ‘olden days’ is quite fascinating to me. So I want to see those maps with weird made-up things on them! It’s the sort of book that I love to fill my book shelves with. Would make a fantastic gift as well.